UTA releases employee involved in viral grade crossing collision

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Transit Authority has fired a signal department employee involved in a grade crossing incident that went viral on the internet, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

"We have determined that the gates were raised by a UTA employee who responded to the scene, and the accident was caused by human error. The investigation verified that the signal system functioned properly, and [had previously gone] into a safe, down and active mode, as it's programmed to do," UTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Dave Goeres tells the newspaper.

Preliminary information indicates the gates were affected by the severe ice and snow conditions at the time and were in the default “down and active” position, as they are programmed, according to the agency. This is the first such incident for UTA.

The incident, which occurred Jan. 21, saw a UTA FrontRunner commuter train cab car strike a FedEx truck at a grade crossing in North Salt Lake. It was recorded by a police vehicle's on board camera.

For more information about the Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner service, check out the July 2016 issue of Trains Magazine.

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